- "I'm not tired." This one is particularly favoured after a long, busy day of lots of physical exercise and will be accompanied by enough tears, tantrums and general misbehaviour so as to suggest that 'tired' is exactly what he is. This is my favourite since it usually means that he'll be snoring inside ten minutes.
- "I don't like rooms." This one's a bit trickier. We moved him from his own room into sharing with his big sister a few weeks ago, because it began as "I don't like my room". When he persists with this one I usually offer the garden or the shed as alternatives.
- "My duvet's not on straight." There's enough OCD in this household to ensure that a not-straight duvet is extremely problematic for getting off to sleep. Much fuss and smoothing over. Calmly. Easier said than done.
- ""There are people walking round and they're talking about trying to get me." This one makes my heart hurt as I remember my own irrational night terrors. It requires cuddles and headstroking and the promise of leaving the door open.
- "There are monsters in here." As for 4.